'Small is beautiful' articles

May
25
2020
Dil Green

Community wealth building & mutual credit: a match made in heaven?

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This is the third in a series of articles about community wealth building and mutual credit, by Dave Darby and Dil Green of Lowimpact.org and the Open Credit Network. Read more …

May
24
2020
Dave Darby

Mutual credit – a lifeline for small businesses

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This post follows on from yesterday’s, about community wealth building. Tomorrow, Dil Green explains how community wealth building and mutual credit could be a match made in heaven. Read more …

May
23
2020
Dave Darby

‘The Case for Community Wealth Building’: review

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This is the first of three articles in three days about ‘community wealth building’ (CWB) and mutual credit. Today we’re explaining community wealth building, and reviewing a book: The Case for Community Wealth Building. Tomorrow we’ll blog about how mutual credit can help post-Covid communities, and on Monday, Dil Green continues the theme, explaining how CWB and mutual credit is a match made in heaven. Read more …

Apr
19
2020
Dave Darby

Post-corona: ‘getting back to normal’ is suicidal – here’s the alternative

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“For those who dream of a return to “normalcy”: normalcy was standing on the tracks watching an oncoming train & arguing about how fast it was going. Something just banged into us & sent us sprawling. It hurt. A lot. Now let’s get up, but NOT get back on the tracks again.” – David Graeber

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Apr
12
2020
Dave Darby

Post-corona: ‘getting back to normal’ is not just a bad idea – it’s suicidal

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There’s been a lot of talk about ‘thanking’ coronavirus for giving us the breathing space to re-evaluate, and for giving nature some breathing space too. This isn’t one of those articles. I don’t find it compassionate to thank a virus that’s killing thousands of people, and closing millions of small businesses, allowing Amazon to hoover up almost the entire economy. That’s not the kind of world I want. Read more …

Apr
3
2020
Dave Darby

Keeping small businesses alive during the coronavirus / economic crisis

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The coronavirus crisis is causing an economic crash that will only get worse. Research has indicated that a shortage of money will mean that up to a million UK small businesses may close in the coming months. To prevent the devastation of small businesses, and therefore our communities, there needs to be an alternative means of exchanging goods and services. Read more …

Mar
15
2020
Dave Darby

What’s wrong with billionaires?

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I came across a clip recently (see below) of a radio host filled with incredulity that someone might actually believe that the existence of billionaires is a bad thing. Surely any antipathy towards the super-wealthy must be based on envy or ideology? Don’t they create jobs? Aren’t they philanthropic? Don’t they pay a lot of tax? Aren’t they good role-models for our children? Read more …

Feb
16
2020
Matthew Slater

Coming together to build a new economy: Matthew Slater, barefoot economist and Credit Commons co-designer, Part 2

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In part 1 I described why a resilient economy needs be to separate from the failing capitalist juggernaut and that we need to start by finding new economic partners from without the Market. Read more …

Feb
15
2020
Matthew Slater

Starting from scratch: Matthew Slater, barefoot economist and Credit Commons co-designer, Part 1

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Donald Trump recently derided Greta Thunberg and everyone pleading with government to heed environmental science as ‘doomsayers’. The more imminent peak oil or environmental collapse appear, the more intransigent our political system seems to be. Whatever the reasons for this, responsible citizens can only accomplish so much while the political and economic winds are blowing against them. Read more …

Feb
9
2020
Debbie Clarke

How to start a co-operative grocery in your town: Debbie Clarke of Unicorn Grocery, Part 2

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This is Part 2 of an interview with Debbie Clarke of Unicorn Grocery – a co-operative grocery store in Manchester. In Part 1, I talked with Debbie about what it’s like to work in a co-operative grocery. Here we talk about the “Grow your own Grocery” guide that her co-op has produced for people who might be interested in starting a co-operative grocery in their town – as well as how to develop the co-operative economy generally. Read more …

Jan
26
2020
Dave Darby

Disillusioned with the parliamentary route to a better society? Here’s an alternative.

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Before the election in December, I had a ‘lively debate’ with a friend – an old-school Labour supporter and Corbynite – who was trying to convince me that the only way that we can have an effective social safety net is by voting in a genuinely redistributive party, taxing the rich properly and spreading wealth back into communities. Read more …

Jan
1
2020
Dave Darby

Is Greta Thunberg right, and if so, what do we do about it?

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I identify with Greta Thunberg. I’m also aspergic, and I understand why she’s so motivated. I talked with several people over the Christmas period who don’t like her, for various reasons – her voice; her team fly even though she doesn’t; her parents are manipulating her; she’s too angry; she once used a plastic bottle, and so on. Read more …

Dec
8
2019
Oliver Sylvester-Bradley

Become one of the first movers in a new, collaborative economy: Open Credit Network Alpha launch

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Lowimpact.org are working with Open.coop to build a new, co-operative, moneyless, mutual credit trading system for the UK, with a view to joining many similar schemes around the world to create a new global trading system, that requires neither banks nor interest. The point of this article is to invite you, if you own or work for a small businesses, to join the directory, find new customers and suppliers, and trade in mutual credit, in cash, or in a combination of both. Read more …

Aug
18
2019
Chris Smaje

The elephant in the room is capitalism. Maybe.

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Chris Smaje of Vallis Veg and Small Farm Future shares his thoughts as to why the elephant in the room is capitalism. Maybe. It’s over to Chris from here…
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Aug
4
2019
Dave Darby

What’s the difference between capitalism and a free market?

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People usually conflate the two, but I want to try to persuade (mainly the right) that capitalism is nothing like a free market, and (mainly the left) that there’s nothing wrong with a truly free market. Read more …

Jun
23
2019
Dave Darby

Come to our public event on the Open Credit Network, July 18th, London

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As you know if you follow this blog, Lowimpact.org and the Open Co-op have partnered up to build a mutual credit network for the UK, the Open Credit Network (OCN), and that we have people on board who are working to develop the ‘credit commons’ – a way of linking together mutual credit schemes anywhere in the world to create a global moneyless trading network. Read more …

Jun
22
2019
Oliver Sylvester-Bradley

Decentralised collaboration, Paul Mason and more: see you at OPEN 2019 next week?

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We hear from Oliver Sylvester-Bradley about exciting opportunities to collaborate at the OPEN 2019 Community Gathering, taking place in London next week.
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Jun
16
2019
Dave Darby

Reflections on the CTRLshift gathering – an emergency summit for change

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The stated aim of the annual CTRLshift gathering (that took place in Stoke-on-Trent recently) is to bring key people together to talk about practical steps to help shift power away from central government and multinational corporations, to communities and individuals. Well, you had me at ‘decentralisation’, so I went along. Read more …

Mar
17
2019
Dil Green

A ‘Transcender Manifesto’ for a world beyond capitalism

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This piece was originally published on the blog ‘Digital Anthropology‘.

If this makes sense to you, you may well be working along these lines already – I hope it is encouraging. If it inspires you, then seek out others who feel the same, and rewrite it together. Make it yours. Make it specific. Publish it. Act on it. Forge relations with other groups. Federate and interact across the world.

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Mar
10
2019
Pat Conaty

How do we grow the ‘co-operative commonwealth’? Interview with Pat Conaty

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This is the second part of an interview with Pat Conaty, senior research fellow at NEF and Co-operatives UK and author of the Resilience Imperative, with Michael Lewis. We’re talking about building a co-operative commonwealth. Part 1 is here.

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